Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Minty Chickpeas Vada / Mint Chickpeas Vadai

For the last day of BM #16, I am going to share a super yummy n healthy snack, vada/vadai recipe with my Star Ingredient - Chickpeas/Channa. First i decided to make oven roasted chickpeas for snack then changed my mind and made this crispy n tasty vada with mint flavor. To make it healthy n filling, i added some finely chopped Spinach,Purple Cabbage and Carrots. And this vadai is fully made with chickpeas n i did not add split yellow peas/chana dal like my Green Peas Cabbage Vada. It come out beyond to my expectation and we all enjoyed,yes...after a very very long time i made deep fried snack at home. My kids n H loved this vada a lot. As they were so much tempted with the color,flavor started urging me for this yummy vadas So i first served with few vadas and at the end of my work i left with some 5 vadas only for final pics. I was completely blank n dunno how to present them n h to click with  few vadas?! Quickly remember that many of my blogger friends had presented their cookies/brownies/chewy bars using cut cookie sheet/MW liner. Then without other options i tried doing it of my own, as the vadas were not flat one i couldn't stack them. Really thanks to those creative minds which helped me this time to present my recipe :)

Really i am poor in presenting the food and also not much creative in my pics...I always admire on some of my blogger friends who present their recipe with some beautiful props n back drops, which supports/enhance the beauty of the pic n at the same time not more dominating...have to learn more n more. And also our Stay in US was not confirmed n our visa expires in six months, So i don't want to spend much for buying decorative bowls,plates, place mats etc. Ok no more stories...will move on to the recipe....
Before to the recipe, Here's recap of this week's recipe Under the them "Pick One Cook All" with my Star Ingredient Chickpeas.
Starter  -   Chickpeas Tikkis
Main Course 1-   Coconut Milk Chickpeas Biryani
Main Course 2 -  Curried Chickpeas Masala Dosa
Soup -  Mixed Veg n Chickpeas Clear Soup
Salad -  Cilantro Lime Chickpeas Salad
Sweet - Poornam Boorelu with Chickpeas
Snack - Minty Chickpeas Vada

To Wet Grind
  1. Overnight soaked Chickpeas    2 cups
  2. Mint leaves    1 sprig
  3. Fennel seeds    1tsp
  4. Green chilli or Red chilli     2-3 no.s
  5. Garlic    1clove
Other Ingredients
  1. Spinach    1/2 cup(finely chopped)
  2. Carrot    3-4 tbsp (finely chopped)
  3. Purple Cabbage    1/2 cup(finely chopped)
  4. Ginger     2 tsp(finely chopped)
  5. Mint leaves    2-3 tbsp(finely chopped)
  6. Salt    to taste
  7. Oil    for deep frying

  • Soak Chickpeas overnight or 6-8 hours and then drain completely, and grind with other ingredients under the heading "To Wet Grind" to a coarse paste. Sprinkle very little water while grinding. 
  • After grinding transfer the ground chickpeas mixture to a bowl, and add salt, spinach,carrot,cabbage,ginger,mint leaves and combine everything well.
  • Then divide the mixture in to 15 small lemon sized balls n keep ready.
  • Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying, when oil get really hot, take one ball, press between your palms lightly and drop it in hot oil. First fry only one vada, then check for salt n spices...add according, mix well then proceed with all the mixture.
  • Do repeat the same procedure for the remaining chickpeas mixture, fry 4-5 vada at a time (based on your kadai/pan size)in medium high heat. Turn the vada other side after 2-3 minutes n fry other side till it turns crisp n nice brown color. 
  • Once done, remove from the oil and drain it in paper towel. 
  • That's it...Yummy Minty Chickpeas Vada ready. Serve Hot/Warm with a cup of chai/coffee. 

You can make Minty Masala Vada using the same recipe n procedure, instead chickpeas use yellow split peas or channa dal...soak the dal for 2 hours n proceed the same.
Instead of chopped carrots , can add shredded carrots/beets.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 16.


  1. wow..super delicious n crispy ones,loved it with minty touch..love to have some with tea:-)

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  2. Sangeetha.. tha vadai looks perfect.. and let me tell you - u are totally underestimating yourself. your clicks are sooooo good... loved reading your write up as well. I also end up having to serve H and Son before I can get camera out. I then have to click photos with my share of the dish :-)

  3. lovely presentation.. perfect evening snack..

  4. Oh god Sangee, naan yellam yenna sollurathu, seriously you present beautifully ur dishes, just think about me.Btw super crispy vadas looks yummy and addictive.

  5. What amazing vadai's. My fav of the whole lot.

  6. crispy yummy tea time snacks.Adding mint is flavorfull

  7. Crispy delicious vada...Love the presentation and clicks...Hey regarding the BG, its not a table,just a tile piece..:)

  8. Crispy vadas and lovely presentation ...

  9. so healthy, except for the deep frying :)

  10. Sangee vadai looks superb. I always admire your lovely presentation and superb clicks.

  11. So lovely!

  12. The vadas look very tempting and the purple cabbage in it looks very attractive.

  13. very crisp vada's.lovely and so tempting clicks

  14. my favy vada...


  15. Lovely recipe and lovely presentation :)

  16. yummy crispy vada...love the addition of purple cabbage in your vada..

  17. very crispy and yummy vada.. loved ur presentation dear:)

  18. Very crispy and mouthwatering vadas

  19. Vada looks so crispy and tempting.....Sangee your clicks and the presentation are good,doing a wonderful job...

  20. wow this is awesome. I should try this... i'm not a fan of the dal vadas... maybe i'll like these... love the mint in it... :)

  21. your vada looks really tempting. I am salivating here.

  22. Nice clicks, looks so crispy and yum

  23. Looks wonderful Sangeetha, pictures are so tempting!..so glad you joined us for BM..

  24. wow!!..just too good!..super presentation ..n awsum wadas.

  25. looks prefect, nice and crispy..adding mint is a refreshing idea

  26. OMG,it looks soo crispy n tempting me very lot,pls send me some vadai's....

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  28. so yummy and crispy flavourful vadas, i must say beautifully presented, so simple clicks dear :)

  29. wow.....yummy n crispy snack....

  30. these look fabulous!
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